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Guatemala at the Crossroads: An Overview of Violence Transformed

Despite recent reductions in homicide levels, Guatemala remains one of the most violent countries in the Central and Latin American Region.

A new report released by the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, the Bogota-based Conflict Analysis Resource Centre (CERAC), and the Small Arms Survey provides an overview of the dynamics of armed violence in Guatemala, a country with one of the highest homicide rates in the world. The report focuses on analyzing the legacy of armed conflict; the levels, scope, and distribution of contemporary armed violence; characteristics of the victims and perpetrators of violence; and initiatives that seek to reduce and prevent armed violence.   

Launching Guatemala en la encrucijada. Panorama de una violencia transformada (‘Guatamala at the Crossroads: An Overview of Violence Transformed’) in Guatemala City today (5 July 2012), the researchers also released new data which show encouraging reductions in the country’s homicide rates during 2010 (a reduction of 8%) and 2011 (5%).

‘Guatemala at the Crossroads’ shows that:

  • Organized crime in Guatemala has adopted violent strategies that originated from armed conflict, now adapted for financial gain and for maintaining a climate of impunity.
  • Other manifestations of violence—such as femicide, lynchings, social cleansing, and land conflicts—are still present in the country, in the absence of strong institutions to govern security and justice.
  • As well as noting the economic cost of violence at the national level, the report presents new detailed findings on the costs to two departments: Escuintla and Chiquimula.
  • The report takes stock of and assesses a wide range of direct and indirect interventions that seek to reduce and prevent armed violence and its negative impacts at the global, regional, national, and local level.

Published in Spanish, the report Guatemala en la encrucijada. Panorama de una violencia transformada is part of a series of research that addresses armed violence at the national level under the auspices of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development.  An Executive Summary of the report, in English and in Spanish, includes an update to introduce data reflecting recent development.



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